Community Labyrinth Walks
The Winter Solstice is Wednesday, December 21, 2022.
The Community Labyrinth Walk is between 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Theme: Finding Your Light Along Your Walk
Our labyrinth is always open and open to all! (Deer photo by Jan Casey-Liber.)
At 90 feet in diameter, Unity Spiritual Center's outdoor labyrinth is the largest in Ohio.
Unity's labyrinth is based on the design of the world-famous labyrinth at the Chartres Cathedral in France.
The outdoor labyrinth is behind Unity Hall on the campus of Unity Spiritual Center. Unity welcomes people of all faiths to perform this walking meditation at their convenience.
The labyrinth is not a maze. There are no tricks or dead ends. Instead, it has a single circuitous path that winds into the center. You use the same path to return; the entrance becomes the exit. The path is in full view, which allows you to be quiet and focused internally.
Generally, there are three stages to the walk: releasing on the way in, receiving in the center, and returning or taking back out to the world you received.
The labyrinth is an ancient pattern found in many cultures around the world. Labyrinth designs have been found on pottery, tablets, and tiles dating back 4,000 years.
The labyrinth is a tool to guide healing, deepen self-knowledge, and empower creativity. Walking the labyrinth clears the mind and gives insight into the spiritual journey. It urges action. It calms people in the throes of life transitions. It helps them see their lives in the context of a path, a pilgrimage. It helps to stir the creative fires within. To those in deep sorrow, the walk gives solace and peace.
Each of us has a different experience as we bring our unique hopes, dreams, history, and the longings of the soul. It is truly a sacred place, an active prayer.
1. At the entrance, pause a moment to clear your mind.
2. Become aware of your breath.
3. Walk in silence, at a pace that feels natural, following the outlined path.
4. You may pass people or let others step around you.
5. At the center, stay as long as you like. Reflect on God, pray or meditate.
6. As you leave the center, follow the same path in reverse.
7. Upon exiting the labyrinth, turn and offer a nod or bow to honor your experience.
Ways to Use the Labyrinth
Consider the labyrinth a walking prayer or meditation. Feel free to do what is comfortable and to experiment. Here are some suggestions:
In silent reflection, open to receiving peace or guidance.
Walking with your spirit guides, angels, Jesus, Mother Mary, etc.
Contemplating a problem, joy, dream, or question in your life.
Meditating on a particular verse of scripture, prayer, or affirmation.
Repeating a meaningful phrase or word.
Calling others to mind in forgiveness, healing, or love.
As a joyful act of Thanksgiving and praise.